Is it possible that you are doing too much? Well … yes, it is. Too much of anything isn’t good (You knew that already) and it’s entirely possible to overextend yourself in almost any situation.
If you focus on things that will benefit you now or in the long run, then you are on the right track. That doesn’t mean that you should do too much, however.
Here are 6 signs you are doing too much:
You’re Mentally and Physically Exhausted
Being a hard worker is admirable, but you want to give yourself time to recover and recuperate. If you can no longer function, then you’ve gone too far and have done too much.
Rick Hanson, Ph.D., a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author says, “Most of a person’s tasks, even all of them, could be individually rewarding and done for a good purpose, but taken as a whole they’re often too much. It’s certainly gotten this way for me.
This is interesting and maybe a way we have never thought of our similar circumstances. Perhaps you need to simply take a vacation or a break of any sort ASAP.
You’re Always Stressed and Anxious
If you’re always on edge and never happy anymore, that means you need to think about scaling it back a little. Stress is one of the first signs that you’re doing too much.
Treat your body with respect and it’ll treat you accordingly. So, what can you do? Well, determine why you are stressed and anxious. What is it that is causing your stress. Then ask yourself, "How can I change this issue or get help for it? If you need to, ask a friend or a counselor about it.
You’ve Lost Interest
A loss of interest means something is no longer fun or enjoyable to you anymore. This doesn’t mean you have to let it go forever. It just means you’ve done it too much and for too long. Time for a mental break!
It is possible (Due to a change in priorities) that interest has just been lost but a lot of times mental and physical burn out cause the lack of interest.
- Evaluate why you’re doing what you’re doing
People Start To Take Notice
When you do too much, the stress starts to pour over into your personality and demeanor. You just seem more on edge and people notice this.
They may be concerned about you as the exhaustion may be interfering with your relationships and such. Start by making sure your family and loved ones know that you may be a little stressed due to excess work. Be honest and straightforward. Tell them you need a little space and time to pull yourself together.
You Start Noticing Health problems
The worst thing that could happen to you when you’re taking on too much is that you’re body isn’t functioning the same and you don’t feel the same physically.
It’s time to not only cut back but a Doctor’s visit may be necessary to rule out any other more serious problems.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, risk of injury and disease rises as employees experience longer stretches of job stress. Cardiovascular disease and many problems can occur as a result. Here the solution should be obvious: Get to the Doctor's office immediately.
You’re No Longer Enjoying Life
This should never be the case but in many instances it is. This happens when you’re not satisfied by your current lifestyle. This is when immediate help is needed, and you may want to think about making serious changes in your routine.
This is best handled by communicating all your issues; whether that be in your workplace, at home, or dealing with yourself. If you’re doing too much, do yourself a favor and stop. Reevaluate what you’re doing and make changes accordingly.
Herb Sennett writes about life and how to enjoy it more.